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Historical Sketch 


"Wellons Family 



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In token of highest esteem for her many graces 
and noble virtues, this little volume is affection- 
ately dedicated to my grand-niece, Susan Hitch, 
Norfolk, Virginia. 

A copy of this book can be had, for fifty cents, and 
five cents additional for postage, by addressing: 
Rev. J. W. Wellons, Elon College, N. C; 
Miss Susan Hitch, 293 York St., Norfolk, Va ; or 
The Christian Sun Oflice, Elon College, N. C. 


This little volume goes forth on its mission 
of love to bring about the reunion of the 
Wellons family in the various states and ter- 
ritories and to enable the members thereof 
to learn more of each other. My means of 
obtaining correct information in colonial 
times were very limited, as the records of 
Southampton County, Virginia, where the 
family became numerous, were once destroy- 
ed by fire. 

I do not know whether Captain John Leu- 
wellyn who afterwards dropped the first 
three letters of his name and spelled it Wel- 
lyn and Captain John Weldon of 1619 were 
the same person; but at any rate they were 
sea-faring captains bringing persons from 
England to this country. As very few at 
that time knew how to spell, they wrote 
their names to suit themselves. 



John Wellons came to Southampton County, 
Virginia, and settled at Round Hill Bridge 
on a farm (now Berlin). I give his family 
and their connections as published in this 
little volume, and by means of it every one 
of the family can trace their connections to 
each other, although they may be a thousand 
miles apart. 

As far as I have been able to trace the 
family they have been honest, truthful, and 
industrious, both men and women, bearing 
good characters. I have yet to learn of one 
of them who was punished for a violation of 
the laws of the land. Quite a number of 
them, although they have filled humble posi- 
tions in life, were good peaceable neighbors 
and citizens, and others have grown wealthy, 
and many have filled high positions in life, 
— have filled professions both with credit to 
themselves and their families. 

I believe that each member of the family 
will find that it is no discredit to wear the 



Wellons name, and that it is no dishonor to 
have the Wellons blood coursing through 
their veins. 






BIOGRAPHICAL Sketch of the Wellons 
Family, written by Rev. James Willis 
Wellons in his eighty-fifth year for his 
Great Niece, Miss Susan Hitch of Norfolk, 

These facts are drawn from memory, tra- 
dition and historical records. The Wellons 
family came from Wales on the western coast 
of England some time in the sixteenth cen- 
tury. The exact number I cannot learn. 
There were three brothers, and possibly some 
of them might have had families. They 
might have left Wales for political reasons, 
I know not. They were all of the established 
Church of England beyond a doubt when they 
arrived in America. We find in a book called 
the Records of Virginia Colony, that Captain 
John Weldon came from England in 1619 in 


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a ship called Bona Unard, and he was a sea- 
faring captain bringing passengers from 
England to the new colony, and finally de- 
cided to settle here himself. 

We find also in another book called the Mil- 
itary officers of Virginia, in 1680, that Major 
Samuel Weldon came to this country. Now, 
whether either of these were connected with 
our Wellons family, or not, I do not know, as 
they spelled their names differently, but I am 
inclined to the opinion they were. The Wel- 
lons families ascended the James River, and 
settled in the peninsula between the York 
and Rappahannock Rivers in Virginia, pos- 
sibly in Gloucester or Matthews County east 
of Richmond. Here they remained a few 
years and became restless to see more of the 
New World, as it was to them. After a 
while they returned down the James River 
to about Newport News and Norfolk, and, 
finally, went out into Isle of Wight County 
about Smithfield or Benn's Church, the oldest 
Protestant church in this country. (The 

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material in this building was all imported.) 
From here they moved out east fifteen or 
twenty miles into Southampton County and 
settled on Round Hill (now Berlin) which 
had become the center of attraction with 
them. Now, I find some difficulty in locat- 
ing and naming these families. The records 
of Southampton County afford me some help. 
I find John Wellons located on Round Hill 
where he raised a large family of children. 
And he also raised a large number of slaves. 
I get the names of some of his children: Bob, 
William, Benjamin, Matthew, Thomas W., 
John Weston, and, I think, also, Henry. 
Benjamin married Lucretia Clark, and they 
moved to Johnston County, North Carolina, 
near Smithfield in 1791. Here, James A. 
Wellons, Attorney at Law, wilftake up that 
part of the family now in North Carolina and 
those who have gone from North Carolina. 

Thomas moved away about that time and 
we have lost sight of him. William married 
a Miss Hawkins of England, and my brother 


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was named after him. William, my grand- 
father was married twice and his first wife 
left one child, Annie, who married and had a 
daughter named Etney,who married and had 
three daughters, two married Vicks: Rhoda's 
son George was once Sheriff of Southampton 
County. Etney married Jesse Vick and died 
early in life. Bettie married Joseph Gard- 
ner, and they have two sons living near 
Sedley, Virginia. William her only son mar- 
ried Narissa Stephenson. My Grandfather's 
second wife had four children: William Bai- 
ley, Peggy, Willis and Hartwell. Peggy mar- 
ried Northworthy and left five children all 
of whom I think are dead. William Bailey 
married and moved to Alabama and I do not 
know what became of his family. He left 
one son, Thomas, in Norfolk, a local Method- 
ist preacher and I do not know what has be- 
come of his family. Willis married a Miss 
Oney and had seven children. His first wife 
died, and he married again, a Mrs. Elizabeth 
Traves and they had two children. Benjamin 

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the oldest son, married and had three child- 
ren, he died early in life; daughter and son 
live at the old place and never married. 
W. B. lives in Norfolk, Virginia, married 
and has a wife and three children and belongs 
to the Disciple Church. He is a real Wellons 
in features and size, weighing about one 
hundred and forty pounds. The first children 
are now dead except Mrs. Pricilla Traves, 
Airfield, Southampton County, Virginia, who 
has two sons: R. C. Hines with whom she 
lives, and P. A. Hines, Wakefield, Virginia. 

Hartwell was born in 1794, and died in 1863, 
He was in the war of 1812-' 14. He married 
Polly Stephenson, the best woman I ever 
knew, an only child of Willie Stephenson and 
Sallie West. (They were all members of the 
Christian Church.) My parents both died in 
their sixty-eighth year. My father was eight 
years older than my mother. They left four 
children : 

William Brock, the eldest child, was born 
in 1821, and joined the Eastern Virginia 


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Christian Conference in 1845 and became the 
leading spirit of the Christian Church, South. 
He was president of the Southern Christian 
Convention, Editor and Proprietor of the 
Christian Sun for twenty-five years. He was 
a Mason, having taken the thirty-three de- 
grees. He edited the Army and Navy Mes- 
senger in time of the War between the 
States. He was a self-made man of great 
ability. All his large estates, consisting of 
real estate and fifty-three slaves were lost in 
the War, but from that he rallied, and left a 
valuable estate when he died in 1877. He 
was a valuable man in the Ambulance corps 
during the War. He married Mrs. Sarah L. 
Beasley of New Berne, North Carolina. In 
New Berne he organized a good church. 
He also organized three other good churches 
during his ministry. 

Florine, his only child, married, first 
Thomas A. Hines of Suffolk, Virginia; 
second, Henry Brewer of Washington, D. C. 
She died in 1906, leaving two children: Dr. 

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Lewis A. Hines of Savannah, Georgia, and 
Mrs. Viola Mason, wife of Dr. E. L. Mason, 
of Washington, D. C. Her oldest son, Wil- 
liam Wellons, died some years before. 

Julia, the second child, was born in 1823, 
and married in 1850 Rives Chappell Wells, an 
estimable man of Prince George County, Vir- 
ginia. They left two children, William Charles 
Wells, a lawyer of prominence of Washing- 
ton, D. C, and Mary Susan, who married 
Frank Hitch of Maryland, a very successful 
manufacturer of lumber. To them were 
born five children. For Susan, the oldest, 
I have prepared this sketch. 

This family were all very corpulent — Rev. 
W. B. Wellons weighed at one time 270 
pounds. The Wellons family are rather light 

James Willis, the third child, was born Jan- 
uary 1, 1826. He has never married, but has 
devoted his life to his ministerial and pastoral 
work for more than fifty-five years. He 
joined the North Carolina and Virginia 

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Christian Conference in 1854. After the 
War between the States, he succeeded in or- 
ganizing the colored people into a conference 
of their own color, and built for them a 
Christian college at Franklinton, North Car- 
olina. He has been a member of the Board 
of Trustees of Elon College since its estab- 
lishment. He is also a member of the 
Executive Board, and has never missed a 
meeting of either. He has never missed but 
one Conference to which he belonged since 
1853, and was at that time in the hands of 
the Federal army. He has never missed a 
Southern Christian Convention since 1856, 
and but few quadrenniel conventions during 
his ministry. He is a Mason of fifty-four 
years. He now lives at Elon College, North 

The fourth child, Indiana A. V., was born 
in! 1835. She married the Rev. Thomas W. 
Joyner who lived ten years and two months 
after her marriage, and died childless. Two 
years later she married Henry May of Lynch- 


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burg, Virginia, and had but one child and 
that died in infancy. They lived about fif- 
teen years happily together. She was a wo- 
man of good business qualities and easy of 
manners. Henry May, her husband, is a 
fine looking man, weighs about two hundred 
pounds, fine property, very popular, deals in 
real estate, a Mason of high order, member 
of the Methodist Church and never has mar- 
ried since the death of his wife. 

Bob, a son of John Wellons, married and 
lived on the Round Hill farm formerly owned 
by his father. He raised a family of twelve 
children, nine boys and three girls. Some of 
the boys I have the names of : Wilson, Asa, 
James B., and Wiley. Wilson lived near 
Berlin and was a prominent citizen in that 
community. Asa moved to Ohio. Dr. J. W. 
Wellons of Columbia, Ohio, will give a sketch 
of that part of the family. 

Another brother moved to Kentucky and 
was lost sight of. Wilson Wellons had four 
beautiful daughters but I do not know whom 


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they married. His son, Captain Wiley Wel- 
lons, who was in the War of 1812-' 14 married 
and raised three daughters. He and his 
wife both died young, leaving them good 
estate and good attainments. Eliza married 
Dr. A. S. H. Burgess, a man of fine ability 
and a leading physican in that section. 
They had a son, Dr. Richard U. Burgess, 
who married a Miss Keller. He died leaving 
a son who is now a prominent physician in 
Norfolk, where he has a fine practice. Mar- 
tha married Joseph Gardner. She died leav- 
ing several children. Lucy married Dr. Bob 
Griffin, a fine man and a good physician. He 
had a son who was a prominent physician of 
ability. Captain James B. Wellons was a 
brother of Wiley and was in the War of 
1812-' 14. I do not know whether he receiv- 
ed the title of Captain in the War of 1812- , 14, 
or not. 

I find the will both of John and Charles 
Wellons probated October, 1773. I find John 
Wellons, another of the family, had two sons, 


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William and Benjamin; will probated 1780. 
Bob Wellons' daughter, Barbara, married 
William Oney a revolutionary^soldier. 

Matthew Wellons had two sons, Weston 
and Robert. Robert was one of the unfortu- 
nate. He drank to excess, and his children 
were uneducated. But two of his sons, John 
and William, have been successful and accum- 
ulated good property. John was born March 
17, 1839, and has been twice married and has 
raised a most excellent family of children. 

His youngest daughter, Lillian Alice, was 
for a while a student at Elon College, N. C, 
a most excellent girl. William is an excellent 
farmer and has a nice family all doing well 
and standing high in the community. They 
all live near Sedley, Southampton County, 
Virginia. I find another, Charles Wellons, 
whose will was probated in 1804. 

Mrs. Sallie Wellons who was the mother of 
Ira Wellons also had a daughter, but I do not 
know what her name Iwas. I also find a 


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name, Dorcas Wellons, but I do not know who 
she was. 

I find another Wilson Wellons who was in 
the War of 1812- , 14 and drew a pension. He 
had a son William, who was hurt at a saw 
mill and died. 

James Wellons had a son who went to Ten- 
nessee in 1846 and we have lost sight of him. 

Bob Wellons was a very devoted Christian 
man, a member of the Methodist church. 
His wife was a very high-minded, fashion- 
able woman and fond of the world. They 
owned fine property as he married wealthy. 

Shelley Wellons moved to Perry, Houston 
County, Georgia, and was lost sight of. 

Wiley Wellons was a local Methodist preach- 
er. Charles Wellons had one son and two 
daughters. Weston Wellons had two daugh- 
ters both of whom married Holts in North 
Carolina. Charles and Weston moved to 
Johnston County, North Carolina, and settled 
about twelve miles from Smithfield on Little 
River. They went from Southampton Coun- 

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ty, Virginia, and were brothers. E. J. Holt 
is a grandson of Charles Wellons. Benjamin 
said he had always understood that the family 
came from Cicero, England. Many of the 
older members of the family were unedu- 
cated as the opportunity for getting an ed- 
ucation at that time was very limited. This 
caused a confusion in the spelling of the 
name. Captain John Wellons spelled his 
Welloyn; others, Wellin, Wellen, Wellend for 
Wellons. In the early records I see there 
was a disposition to shorten the name. 

They raised large families, accumulated 
property, slaves, large tracts of land, and 
lived comfortably, and their word was their 
bond. Benjamin was in the Revolutionary 
War. I do not know how many more of the 
family were in the war. Quite a number of 
them were in the War of 1812-' 14, and in the 
Mexican War, and a large number of them 
were in the Civil War, and some in the Span- 
ish-American War, and some to drive back 


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the Indians in Mississippi and elsewhere, and 
to suppress the Murrell Clan. 

Some have won military distinctions, some 
have been statesmen, some ministers, some 
lawyers, judges, and a large number physi- 
cians, and many distinguished farmers and 

(This sketch is very imperfect thus far, 
having to go so far back for names and dates, 
I have no means of getting at them with 
perfect accuracy. Other sketches will be 
more accurate, because they are of more 
recent date.) 




J|N 1791 Benjamin Wellons together with 
Charlie and Wiley Wellons, brothers, 
moved from Southampton, Virginia, to 
North Carolina. Charlie and Wiley Wellons 
settled on Little River in Johnston County 
about 12 miles east of Smithfield, the County 
seat. They were industrious and prominent 
farmers in their community. Their decend- 
ents are like their ancestors, industrious, 
thrifty and prominent farmers. They made 
little pretentions for public life but were 
contented to live in their humble way on the 
farm and by their industry accumulated nice 
little fortunes. They were then and are 
until this day noted for their honesty and 
integrity. Among the most prominent of 
their decendents are John Wellons, Sidney 

* This sketch was furnished me by James A. Wel- 
lons, Attorney, of Smithfield, N. C. 


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Wellons and Charles Wellons who have all 
educated their children, which children are 
taking a prominent stand as educators in the 
schools of this country. 

Benjamin Wellons settled on what is known 
as the old Wellons plantation, about two miles 
south of Smithfield on Neuse River. He was - 
a revolutionary soldier and, before moving 
to North Carolina, married a Miss Lucy 
Clark who died in 1795 and was buried on 
the aforesaid old Wellons plantation which 
he owned. 

Zachariah Wellons, who was the oldest son 
of Benjamin Wellons, after the death of his 
father, remained on the old homestead with 
his mother, Lucy Clark, and assisted her in 
raising the younger children. In 1810 he 
married Lizzie Locket and, having bought 
up the interests of his brothers and sisters 
in his father's old homestead, lived all of his 
life there and died October 20, 1853, and was 
buried in the old Wellons graveyard beside 
his father, Benjamin Wellons. To the union 

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oifZachariah Wellons and Lizzie Locket were 
born Martha Wellons who died single ; Betsey 
Wellons who died single; Eliza Wellons who 
married B. A. Woodall and from this union 
two girls and two boys were born. Emma 
who died while quite a child; Katie who 
married Professor J. L, Davis and they had 
one child Almon L. Davis who is now a 
prominent banker at Burlington, North Car- 
olina, Eliza and B. A. WoodalPs two boys 
were E. H. Woodall, a prominent farmer 
who lives six miles west of Smithfield and 
W. L. Woodall a prominent merchant and 
president of the Bank of Smithfield, who 
now lives at Smithfield, North Carolina. 

Malissa Wellons, a daughter of Zachariah 
Wellons and Lizzie Locket, was very prom- 
inent in educational circles but she died 
without ever having married. 

Rebecca, the second daughter of Zach- 
ariah Wellons, while quite young married 
James Byrd of Cumberland County and 
is yet living with her son Offie Byrd and 

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daughter Bettie Byrd at. Linden in Harnett 
County, North Carolina. She also had a son, 
James Byrd, named for his father. These 
people have all been contented to live a quiet 
home life on their farms. They have been 
industrious and honest, and all own nice 
comfortable homes. 

Benjamin fe Wellons the oldest son of Zach- 
ariah Wellons, lived all of his life on the 
old Wellons plantation and died May 25, 
1905, and was buried in the cemetery at 
Smithfield, North Carolina. He was a prom- 
inent farmer and was contented to live on 
his farm, however, he was induced to rep- 
resent Johnston County in the State Legis- 
lature in 1887. He first married a Miss 
Barnes from Wayne County and had four 
children: Zachariah, who was named for his 
grandfather, and James and Li da Wellons, 
and a daughter Delia Wellons. Delia and 
Lida both died single. Zachariah, the oldest 
boy of Benjamin Wellons, married a Miss 
Sarah Rand, a daughter of Oscar Rand, and 

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to this union were born five children : David, 
Mary, Lida, Eunice and Sarah. David, the 
oldest boy, has just graduated at the A. & M. 
College at Raleigh, North Carolina. The 
other children are all small yet. 

James W. Wellons, the second oldest son of 
Benjamin Wellons first married Miss Ora 
Heath and they had one child, Lizzie Wel- 
lons. She married W. H. Johnson and now 
owns and lives on what is known as the old 
Heath plantation. Ora died, and then 
James W. Wellons married Miss Emma San- 
ders and to this union were born five chil- 
dren; Elma, Ben, Mattie, Emma and Nellie. 
Elma, the oldest son, is now taking a promi- 
nent stand in the junior class at the Univer- 
sity of North Carolina. Ben, early develop- 
ing a talent for railroading, began as a mes- 
senger boy and has worked his way up and 
is now holding a responsible position in the 
service of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad 

The second oldest son of Zachariah Wel- 


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Ions, J. D. T. Wellons, read medicine at the 
University of Pennsylvannia from which he 
graduated and soon thereafter entered the 
Civil War as a surgeon. After the war he 
returned to his old home in Johnston County, 
where he has practiced medicine ever since. 
In 1850 J. D. T. Wellons married Miss Alice 
Blackman and to this union were born five 
children: Alice Ophelia, who died quite 
young; William Benjamin, who died while a 
young man ; Ozella Leverta who now resides 
with her father, Dr. J. D. T. Wellons at 
Four Oaks, North Carolina, and has never 
married; James A. Wellons who is now a 
practicing attorney at Smithfield, North Car- 
olina. On Nov. 22, 1893, James A. Wellons 
and Florence E. Lassiter were married and 
to this union were born six children: Charles 
Manley who died while quite an infant; Rob- 
ert A. Wellons and William B. Wellons are 
boys yet in their teens; Mabel F. Wellons, 
Margaret A. Wellons, and Ava E. Wellons 
are little girls. 

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A. B. Wellons, the youngest son of Dr. J. 
D. T. Wellons by his first wife, is now living 
on his farm about two miles west of Four 
Oaks, North Carolina, and married Miss 
Lynch of Austin, Texas, and to this union 
has been born eight children : Alice, Almond, 
Mattie, Lizzie, Ella, Johnnie, Edwin and an 

Alice, the first wife of Dr. J. D. T. Wel- 
lons, died March 4, 1870, and in December, 
1871, he married Miss Sarah Marshall Wini- 
fred Smith of Harnett County, and to this 
union were born six children; Lizzie and 
Johnnie died while infants, Robert and 
Charlie, the two boys, married two Miss 
Saters who were sisters and are now resid- 
ing at Four Oaks, North Carolina; Delia died 
single, Carrie married Robert E. Lee of 
Harnett County. He is now a merchant at 
Falcon, North Carolina. 

Jesse Wellons, the second oldest son of 
Benjamin Wellons and a brother of Zach- 
ariah Wellons lived and died [in Johnston 


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County and was buried on his farm in the 
eastern part of said county. He firstjnarried 
a Miss Nancy Johnson and had two children, 
Abel and William H. Wellons. Abel was, in 
his day, a prominent school teacher and later 
was prominent in politics. He was Clerk of 
the Superior Court of Johnston County for 
twenty years. William H. Wellons who 
graduated with first honors at the University 
of North Carolina, devoted his entire life to 
the cause of education. He was one of the 
State's most prominent educators. Both of 
these died without having ever married. 
Jesse Wellons' second wife was Miss Drusilla 
Sheppard, and to this union were born two 
children: John A. Wellons, who is now a 
prominent merchant at Clinton, North Car- 
olina, and Alice Wellons who married a Mr. 
Carver. They moved to Virginia, and I know 
very little of her since then. 

William Wellons another son of Benjamin 
Wellons and a brother of Zachariah Wellons 
lived and died at old Waynesboro in Wayne 

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County, which place is now known as Golds- 
boro, North Carolina. He was married to a 
Miss Clark and had two children: Harriet, 
who married a man by the name of Suggs, I 
have lost sight of them since, and of a son, 
Julius, who died while quite a boy. His 
second marriage was to Miss Minvel Corsie 
and they had three children : Roena Wellons, 
the oldest, who married John Henry Powell 
and they had twelve children, the oldest of 
which is Eugenia Walton Powell who now 
resides in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The 
second oldest, Richard Powell, and Ida Min- 
vel Powell both died while quite young. 
Mary Powell, Edwin Lee Powell, Lillian 
Powell and James M. Powell, of these I know 
nothing; Sallie Powell who married W. T. 
Hollo well now lives with her husband in 
Goldsboro. These people are prosperous and 
getting along well in the world. John W. 
Powell is prominent druggist in Goldsboro. 
Emmett Powell and Annie Dewey Powell are 
yet living with their mother, Roena, in Golds- 
boro, North Carolina. 


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Amenvil Wellons, a daughter of William 
Wellons married a William Taylor from Ten- 
nessee, and they had five children. Both 
died, and were buried in Goldsboro. Sarah 
Taylor the oldest girl of Amenvil Wellons 
married William Crane and lived for quite a 
while in Raleigh, North Carolina. They 
moved from Raleigh to Roanoke, Virginia, 
since which time I have heard nothing from 
them. C. T. Taylor yet lives in Goldsboro. 
Alice Taylor married W. H. Elsworth of 
Washington, North Carolina, and are yet re- 
siding at said place. Lillian Taylor married 
R. W. Godwin of Aberdeen. They yet live 
there and are prosperous and happy. 

William Wellons of old Waynesboro, North 
Carolina, had a son by the name of William 
Wellons who married a Miss Sallie Johnson 
and had one 'child, Octavia Wellons. She 
married Artemus Haskins of Oriental, North 
Carolina. They are yet living at Oriental 
and are very prominent people there. 

John Wellons the fifth :son of Benjamin 


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Wellons and brother of Zachariah Wellons 
died when he was a young man and was bur- 
ied in the Wellons graveyard just south of 
Neuse River. 

James Wellons, the sixth son of Benjamin 
Wellons and a brother of Zachariah Wellons, 
married Cynthia Sanders in 1823, and mov- 
ed from Smithfield, North Carolina, to Ten- 
nessee, and from there to Mississippi, where 
James Wellons became a prominent judge of 
that state. A more extended history of him 
and his family has been prepared by Mrs. 
W. J. Wellons Miller of Oneco, Florida. 

Rebecca, a daughter of Benjamin Wellons 
and a sister of Zachariah Wellons married a 
man by the name of Harry Pool. She and 
her husband lived a quiet life and died and 
were buried on their farm in Johnston Coun- 
ty. Rebecca's oldest son, Sam Pool now re- 
sides near Wilson's Mills, N. C. She had 
four other boys : Henry, John, William and 
James, and two daughters one of whom mar- 
ried Ferdinand Ellis and resided all her life 


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with her husband on his farm, near Smith- 
field, North Carolina. 

(E. J. Holt Esq., a prominent citizen of 
Smithfield, North Carolina, is a grandson of 
Charles Wellons. J. W. W.) 


|fe^Y great grandfather— your great great 
grandfather — Benjamin Wellons was 
a private soldier under Washington during 
the Revolutionary War. 

He moved from Southampton County, Vir- 
ginia, to Smithfield, North Carolina, some- 
time in 1798 or '99. His wife was named 
Lucretia Clark. They had seven children- 
five boys: Zachariah, Jesse, John, William, 
and James; and two daughters: Mary and 

James, who was my grandfather — your 
great grandfather— was born in 1799. His 
father and mother died when he was seven 
months old, leaving the family to the care of 
the oldest son, Zachariah, who was fifteen 
years old. He brought them up to be honor- 

*This sketch was prepared by Mrs. C. J. Wellons 
Miller, Oneco, Fla., for her great nephew, Nixon N. 


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able men and women, giviner each one their 
share of the property as they came of age 
and each was satisfied with what they re- 
ceived. They all honored him. 

James Wellons married Cynthia Sanders 
when he was twenty-two years old. They 
had twelve children, but raised only six to 
years of maturity: Marcus Cicero, Benjamin 
Hardy, Edward Livingston, George Percy, 
Virginia and Elizabeth. He moved from 
Smithfield, North Carolina, to Denmark, 
Tennessee, in 1830. In 1832, he moved from 
there to Carrollton, Carroll County, Missis- 
sippi, where he amassed a fortune, first, by 
the practice of law— was Probate Judge for a 
number of years. Becoming tired of coming 
in contact with the worst sides of human na- 
ture he quit the law practice and went to 
merchandising. He was a man who was 
much honored and trusted — his word was his 
bond. He died at the age of seventy, and 
my grandmother, a good and beautiful wo- 
man, did not long survive him. 

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Here is the obituary published in one of 
the Carrollton papers: 

The tolling bells announced, on Wednesday 
last, that another summons from the eternal 
world had been received and answered in our 

At 1 o'clock on Wednesday, 22nd of July, 
the Hon. James Wellons died at his residence 
near Carrollton, after a brief illness. 

The deceased, one of our most honored cit- 
izens, had resided in Carrollton thirty-three 
years, where by his course in life, he had se- 
cured the best regard and esteem of all who 
knew him. He was one of the pillars of the 
social fabric, and one of the pillars of the 
church. He was born in Johnston County, 
North Carolina, April 12, 1799, and was mar- 
ried to Cynthia Sanders, the 13th of February, 
1821. Twelve children blessed their union, 
five of whom are now living. He removed 
to Carroll County in 1835, after a few years 
residence in Tennessee. 

In Carroll County he studied law, and en- 


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tered into the practice with his brother-in- 
law, the Hon. David 0. Shattuck— with what 
success the records of the courts amply show- 
Afterwards retiring from the bar, he com- 
menced his career as a merchant, and met 
with success. He was elected Judge of the 
Probate Court of the County and served with 
ability and faithfulness. 

The Judge was a remarkable man, else I 
would have been content to. drop the tear of 
sorrowing friendship on his grave. But it is 
due to the world that the lives of such men 
should remind us that we may accomplish 
success, win it by struggling for it — take it 
away from unwilling fortune. He had no 
extraneous aid in life. He was, in truth, self- 
trained, self-taught. His literary attain- 
ments were excellent, his frequent public 
speeches, and written productions in news- 
papers abundantly testify. His professional 
attainments enabled him to maintain a good 
standing with the bar. 

A man of more sterling qualities never 

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lived. Resolute, firm, fixed, when he thought 
he was right— kind, generous, humane. 
There lives no man, woman, or child, now 
since he is dead and gone, his record made 
up, will say that he ever received an unkind- 
ness at his hands. His intellect was clear, 
apprehensive, solid, his marked intellectual 
quality was his logical power. 

During the war he was an ardent advocate 
of the Southern cause. He was a member of 
the Protestant Episcopal church, in whose 
bosom he died, cherishing the Christian's en- 
lightened, confident hope of heaven. 

And so a good man has gone, but see— he 
has illustrated a life of sobriety, ornamented 
with a Christian character. "The good, men 
do, lives after them. ' ' 

He lived out his three score years and ten, 
within a few years; that Bible promise he 
secured. His physical vigor up to his last 
illness, was unequaled— and thus, full of 
years, and of honors, with mourning friends 
about him, he said he was willing to die, and 


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he died quietly, peacefully, like one sinking 
to rest, and then his sorrowing friends came, 
and the Masonic fraternity of Carrollton, of 
which he was an honored member of high 
rank, took his body and placed it in the 
ground, showing all the honor that true sor- 
row and ritual can bestow. 

My father — your grandfather — Marcus Cic- 
ero Wellons, was born on the 29th of March, 
1823, in Smithfield, North Carolina. He at- 
tended Centenary College, which was located 
at Jackson, Mississippi, some time in the 
early forties. He went into the Mexican War 
in 1840 and was honorably discharged on ac- 
count of ill health. 

He married in 1847, June 1st, Sarah Ann 
Nixon and soon after went into partnership 
with his father in a branch house in Black 
Hawk, Mississippi. His health failing in 
1859, he bought a plantation on Palucid 
creek, four and one-half miles from Carroll- 
ton, Mississippi. The Civil War coming on, 
he went into the Confederate army — was a 

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member of Company B, 28th Mississippi 
cavalry, Armstrong's Brigade, Jackson's 

He, after the war, worked his place for 
some years but soon, in order to educate his 
children, he commenced teaching again, 
which he had begun at the age of eighteen. 
It was the work he loved best and he followed 
it successfully for years. He was much 
loved, honored and trusted by all. 

He died at the age of 75 at the home of his 
daughter, Mrs. Edith Wellons Miller, in 
Plant City, Florida. The following is an 
obituary which appeared in the paper after 
his death : 

Marcus Cicero Wellons was born March 29, 
1823, at Smithfield, Johnston County, North 
Carolina. Died, March 18, 1899, at Plant 
City, Florida. 

At the age of ten years the deceased moved 
with his father, Judge James Wellons, to Car- 
rollton, Mississippi, where he lived and filled 
many places of trust. He was a member of 


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Jefferson Davis' regiment in the Mexican 
War; a member of the 28th Mississippi cav- 
alry during the war between the States. He 
was a Mason of high standing, belonging to 
Carrollton Lodge No. 36, Carrollton, Missis- 
sippi, and an Oddfellow from his early man- 
hood and a devout member of the Episcopal 

Mr. Wellons leaves a son, T. J. Wellons, of 
Punta Gorda, Florida, and two daughters, Mrs. 
Edith Miller, of Plant City, and Mrs. Lelia 
Barnett, of Punta Gorda, and a grandson 
Nixon N. Wellons, a member of the 1st Flor- 
ida Volunteers in the Spanish- American War. 

The funeral of Mr. Wellons took place Sun- 
day afternoon attended by a large concourse 
of people, including a number of Confeder- 
ate veterans who had known him for many 
years. Short Episcopal services were held 
at the residence conduced by Dr. A. M. 
Barnes. A full Masonic service was then 
held at the grave in our new Oaklawn ceme- 
tery, conducted by the officers and members 

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of Plant City Lodge, Dr. 0. S. Wright lead- 

Rest in peace, thou honored veteran of two 

He had six children : Thomas James, Cyn- 
thia Edith, Sarah Ellen, Lelia Nixon, George 
Virginia, Lelia Fruman ; three of them survive 
him— Thomas James Wellons, Plant City, 
Florida, Edith, who married Calvin Jones Mil- 
ler, of Harris County, Georgia, in 1891, and 
now lives at Oneco, Manatee County, Florida. 

Of my grandfather's other children, Ben- 
jamin Hardy died in Goodman, Mississippi, 
in 1870; Edward Livingston died in Tennessee, 
in 1852; George Percy died in Austin, Texas, 
May 16, 1885; Elizabeth, who was Mrs. Evans 
Harris, died in Willis, Texas, in 1872. She 
left a son, Evans Percy Harris, who was in 
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the last I heard of 
him; Virginia — Mrs. G. A. Wells is a widow 
and is in Aspen, Colorado, with her son, 
G. A. Wells, Her other son, A. L. Wells, is 


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in St. Louis, an her two daughters, Bessie 
and May, in Kentucky, I think. 
- B. H. Wellons left two sons, Frank Brum- 
by Wellons, Marietta, Georgia, and Ben Hardy 
Wellons, Knoxville, Tennessee, and a daugh- 
ter Katie, now Mrs. W. S. Turner, who lives 
near Wenona, Mississippi. Your father, 
Thomas James Wellons was born near Car- 
rollton, Mississippi, April 18, 1848 and, al- 
though a mere boy, was a member of the 
same company and regiment as his father. 

He married Mary Ellen Norwood, January 
29, 1874; he moved to Florida in 1885— a man 
loved, honored and trusted. His only son, 
Nixon Norwood Wellons, was born near Car- 
rollton, Mississippi, March 30, 1877; he was 
educated in Florida; and was a member of 
company B, 1st Florida Volunteers Infantry, 
during the Spanish-American War. After 
that he married Marie Gwenlyon Rees of 
Tampa, on June 29, 1900. They have three 
children. He has a good business in Tampa 


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and is a worthy descendent of a noble an- 

My great grandfather, my grandfather and 
my father were all devout members of the 
Episcopal church and their descendants have 
with a few exceptions adhered to the faith 
of their fathers. 


HE family— as my father related— was 
ever impatient, and we must admit of- 
ten unmindful of conventions, and. often 
individual members were known to readily 
ignore such as they chose to disregard. As 
an instance, the family name was none other 
than the well known Welch name Llewellyn 
which our immediate ancestor, a sea captain, 
considering the first three letters as quite 
superfluous, shortened to Welly n. If my 
memory is not at fault, Captain John Wellyn 
married an English woman and settled in 
Southampton, England, where he raised a 
family and where he was the means of 
bringing a numerous family of sisters and 

♦This sketch was prepared by Mrs. Virginia Car- 
olina Wellons Wells, of Aspen, Colo., for her great 
nephew, Nixon N. Wellons, of Tampa, Fla. 

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Again, our captain grew restive and with 
brothers and their families and his own — 
large families were the rule— he went with 
Lord Newport to carry relief to the starving 
colony at Newport News. Our Captain with 
his following settled upon the Eastern Shore, 
a location which doubtless appealed to their 
sea-faring tastes and ways. 

The members of the family in their new 
habitat seem to have prospered, raising large 
families and owning lands and slaves. Still, 
restless and dissatisfied, they wandered into 
other portions of the New World and ever 
ready to change anything which did not suit 
them if in their power, they spelled the 
name each one to his own special taste: 
Welland, Wellen, Wellin, Welling, Wellins, 
and our own impossible orthography, Wel- 
lons, which my father believed had come 
from Welland, Wellands and pronounced the 
long English a, soon all, for utility, dropped 
the d, and spelled the name as pronounced. 

So much for the evolution of the name. 

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My grandfather, Benjamin Wellons, was a 
Virginian by birth, a tobacco planter by oc- 
cupation. The wander-lust that seems to 
have been in the blood caused him to go a 
moving with his wife, Lucretia Clark, his 
four small sons: Zachary, Jesse, John, and 
William, and three or four small daughters 
whose names I forget, except May and Re- 
becca. He left Southampton County, and 
settled near Smithfield, Johnston County, 
North Carolina, carrying his slaves with 
him. He died of Pneumonia, leaving my 
grandmother, a delicate woman, unused to 
hardships, among strangers, with a family 
of small children and looking forward to the 
coming of another— my father. The family 
struggled along with many losses, until when 
but a little lad, my father lost his gentle lit- 
tle mother by death. 

I know almost nothing of other members 
of the family. My father, James, was born 
in 1799 and was married when just twenty- 
one to my beautiful and charming mother, 

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Cynthia Sanders, two years his junior. In 
his turn, my father grew dissatisfied and 
with his young family, a number of my 
mother's relatives and their slaves, crossed 
the Blue Ridge and after a very tiresome 
journey reached Tennessee, but disappointed 
there they continued on into Mississippi, 
which was then traversed only by Indian 
trails. Here they settled, my father becom- 
ing a sterling factor in the settlement of Car- 
rollton and Carroll County. He was a lawyer 
in partnership with my mother's brother-in- 
law, Judge David 0. Shattuck, afterwards 
president of Centenary College, preacher and 
presiding elder of the Methodist church and 
Supreme Judge of Mississippi; afterwards 
Supreme Judge of the State of California to 
which he afterwards moved. This man, 
Judge Shattuck and my father faced the reg- 
ulators and compelled them to give way to 
the laws. They lived through the days of 
Murrell's robber, murder band which they 
finally brought to a reckoning and restored 


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order, law and security to the state. My 
uncles, William and Hardy Sanders, with 
their families also came from North Carolina 
to the new state and their names, too, are 
identified with the history of Carroll County. 

When Judge Shattuck left Carroll Coun- 
ty, my father gave up the law and became a 
merchant and planter. He was elected Judge 
of the Probate Court and served several 
terms most acceptably. He was a devoted 
Mason and honored by the order. He died a 
short time after the collapse of the Confed- 
eracy, to which he gave all. He was the 
father of twelve children, six of whom died 
in infancy; those surviving were: Marcus 
Cicero, Benjamin Hardy, Edward Livings- 
ton, George, Virginia Carolina and Cynthia 
Elizabeth. The oldest, Marcus Cicero, a re- 
markably handsome and gifted man, was ed- 
ucated at Centenary College, under his uncle, 
Judge Shattuck, taking high honors. He 
enlisted in the war with Mexico and be- 
longed to thelfamed Mississippi rifles, which 

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under their gallant commander, Jefferson 
Davis, went ,.to General Taylor's relief and 
saved the day at Buena Vista. 

Your grandfather came home from Mexico, 
his health ruined by exposure and Mexican 
fever. In a short time he married your 
dear, sweet loving grandmother, and went 
on a plantation which my father gave him. 
Here you, my dear little nephew, were born, 
another James Wellons. Then your grand- 
father grew tired of the plantation and sold 
out and went into business in Black Hawk. 
He afterwards sold out and went on another 
plantation to live, where he was living when 
the War of States broke out. 

The war came on, and how that brave, frail 
mother bore herself through all the trials, 
how the little children helped and what a 
splendid cavalryman your gallant father was, 
and how at last, horses and slaves run off, 
and Yankee soldiers threatening to take her 
only son, she put him on the last horse and 
sent him to his father to join his command. 


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Jim George, afterwards Brigadier General 
in the Confederate Army and Senator from 
Mississippi, died in Texas. 

Then I left Mississippi after some heart- 
breaking days. My father, mother, and 
brother Benny, died in the years immediately 
following the surrender. Then my sister, 
Mrs. Evans Harris, died in Texas. My broth- 
er George died there, as did also your mother 
and two young sisters. Then my only living 
brother died, so brave, so generous, so hand- 
some, and so true. I am left alone of all my 
family, and now, dear, I think I have set 
down all I can remember about the Wellons 

Your little auntie. 

P. S. ' My father told us of some very wild 
and reckless deeds and daring adventures by 
some of those same ancestors of early Colonial 
days, noticeable even in those days, of hard 
drinking, hard riding, and high gaming 
sports. One of these maintained a private 
race track where he raced and bet on his own 

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thoroughbreds. He was a member of the 
Knights of the Golden Horse Shoe, owned a 
superb black stallion which he called Lucifer, 
and was attended by his body servant whom 
he called Pluto. 


GRANDFATHER Asa Wellons was bornjn 

Southampton County, Virginia, in 1802, 
on a farm known as Round Hill, now the viK 
lage of Berlin. And he married Asenath 
Davis who was born the same year he was, 
1802. They married in 1827 at Somerton, 
Ohio, where all the children were born and 
raised. Their children, in the order they 
were born were: Clarinda, who married Asa 
Ensley, is now a widow, and lives at Hunt- 
ington, West Virginia. She had several 
children, but I can't give a list of them; Dr. 
G. S. Wellons, who first married Annie Grif- 
fin. She died at the age of forty- three. Two 
years later he married Sarah P. McKeever. 
There were two children by the first mar- 

* This sketch was furnished me by James W. Wel- 
lons, M. D., of Columbus, Ohio. 

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riage, viz: Cora E. Wellons and James W. 
Wellons. Cora died in 1895, age thirty-five. 
She was married to Oliver Hoffman, and 
they had four children: Harry, William, An- 
nie and Rhea. Annie and Harry are mar- 
ried. Annie, I think, is in Oregon, and Harry 
in Kansas. Rhea is also married and lives * 
at Muncie, Indiana. William is in Kansas. 
James W. Wellons, born 1862, married Nellie 
McCartney, and lives in Columbus, Ohio. 
They have two children : Charles, age sixteen 
and Annie E., age thirteen. Dr. G. S. Wel- 
lons by second marriage had one child, a 
daughter, Mary, age -twenty-five, single, and 
lives with father. George D. Wellons mar- 
ried Mary Blowers, at Barnesville, and re- 
moved to Helmsburg, Indiana. They have 
children, but I can't give you a list of them. 
Lydia, married William Harlan, and lives at 
Barnesville. They have three children, viz : 
Harry and Clarence, living at Barnesville, 
and Lena married and lives at Salesville, 


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G. S. Wellons, Jr., was born 1835. By writ- 
ing to George Wellons, Helmsburg, Indiana, 
you can get information in regard to his 
family. It has just come to my mind that 
Clarinda is not a widow as she has married 
again. I do not know her present name. 
You can get information in regard to her 
family as well as her present name by writ- 
ing to Mrs. Laura Scribner, Barnesville, 
Ohio. I am sorry that I am not better posted 
in regard to my genealogy, but what I have 
written is all I know. Hoping what I have 
written may put you on the track so you can 
get the information you desire, and with best 
wishes for your success, I am, 
Your cousin, 

J. W. Wellons. 


M|SA Wellons was born in Southampton 
County, Virginia, in 1802, and moved 
to Ohio when he was twenty-one or twenty- 
two. He married Asenath Davis in Somer- 
ton, Ohio, who was born the same year he 
was, 1802. They married in 1827. And he 
died in 1890; and she in 1896. 

They had six children. Two died when 
they were only a few months old. Their old- 
est child, Clarinda, was born August 2, 1828. 
Dr. Granville S. Wellons, now in Barnesville, 
Ohio, was born September 22, 1834. George 
D. Wellons was born December 7, 1838. Lydia 
was born February 5, 1845. Clarinda mar- 
ried Asa Ensley in 1845. To them were born 
eight children, four boys and four girls. 
Addison, Clarinda, Charles, James, Flora, 

*This information was furnished by Mrs. Clara E. 
Scribner of Barnesville, Ohio. 


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Ann, Mary, and Laura, my mother, who 
married John F. Scribner in 1882. To their 
marriage were born Clara E. and Charles 
Granville Scribner. Grandfather Ensley died 
in 1881. And grandmother married John D. 
Martin in 1899, and is now living at Hunt- 
ington, West Virginia. 

My father died when I was very young, 
and I can't trace my ancestors very far back. 

Do you know whether my grandfather was 
in the Revolutionary War? Answer: I Nev- 
er heard that he was. Captain John Wellons, 
a sea-faring captain (and I have heard two 
brothers) came to Southampton, Virginia 
over two hundred years ago, and he settled 
at Round Hill Bridge on a farm, now a vil- 
lage called Berlin, and raised a large family 
of children; and I have a few of their names: 
Benjamin, Bob, William, Henry, Wiley, 
Charles, Thomas, and John. After the death 
of his father, Bob resided on the old home- 
stead, and was a most excellent Christian 
man, member of the Methodist Episcopal 

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church. He married a Miss Wooten, and her 
father was a man of means and a large slave- 
holder. She was a woman of pride and of 
good taste. 

They had twelve children; nine boys and 
three girls. I have the names of a few of 
his children: Wilson, Asa, Matthew, and 
Barbrey who married William Oney, a 
Revolutionary soldier. Wilson married and 
raised a large family, near Berlin. Asa 
moved to Ohio, and from him grew up a large 
family. Benjamin who was a Revolutionary 
soldier, with Charles and Wiley, moved to 
Johnston County, North Carolina, near Smith- 
field, the county-seat. Benjamin's family 
spread out into Tennessee, Mississippi, 
Georgia, Florida, Texas, and Colorado, and 
other states. My grandfather William, and 
Benjamin were both uncles to Asa. Now 
comes so many Wellons in Southampton Coun- 
ty, I can't" give the families in full here, but 
have given fuller statements elsewhere. 


(gfEORGE D. Wellons is the youngest son 
: ^ of Asa Wellons, who was a son of Robert 
Wellons. Robert Wellons was a son of John 
Wellons, an ancient settler of Southampton 
County, Virginia. 

Asa Wellons was born in Southampton 
County, Virginia, on the 23rd of February, 
1802, and moved to Somerton, Ohio, in 1825, 
and was married to Asenath Davis, in the 
year, 1827. To this union were born three 
sons and three daughters; two sons and two 
daughters are still living. 

I can say of my father what not many can 
say, he never swore an oath or drank a dram 
of whiskey. Our dear father, Asa Wellons, 
was a grand old man. 

This sketch was furnished by George D. Wellons 
of Nashville, Ind. 

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George D. Wellons is the youngest son, he 
was born: at Somerton, Ohio, the 7th of De- 
cember, 1838, and was married to Mary F. 
Blowers the 19th of December, 1861, in 
Barnseville, Ohio. To this union were born 
four sons and three daughters, — one son and 
two daughters living. 

Our oldest son, Willoughby A. Wellons, was 
born the 11th of March, 1865, at Barnesville, 
Ohio, and was married to Eva Dillingham, 
in April, 1887, at Nashville, Indiana. He 
commenced teaching school when he was 
seventeen years old; he represented his dis- 
trict in the Legislature one term, and he is 
now practicing law at Bloomington, Indiana. 

Our oldest daughter, Viola, was born the 
11th of October, 1862. She commenced 
teaching when she was eighteen. She was 
married to Asa Matthews of Junior, West 
Virginia, in the year 1888, and died the 28th 
of October, 1898. She left four children, one 
son and three daughters. 


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Our next son, Louis, was born the 10th of 
June, 1876, commenced teaching when he was 
eighteen, and was married to May Smith, in 
the year 1897. He moved to Carmargo, Illi- 
nois, in the year 1897, and died in August, 
1905. His widow and two children live in 
the Odd Fellows Home, in Lincoln, Illinois. 

The next daughter, Alice, was born the 5th 
of August, 1880, and was married to Harvey 
Neal, in the year 1899: He is a railroad boss 
and lives at Unionville, Monroe County, Indi- 
ana. They have four children. 

The youngest daughter, Nellie, was born 
the 21st of July, 1884, and was married to 
Luther Simons, in the year 1902, and moved 
to Morrisonville in the year 1909. 

We moved from Ohio to Indiana in the 
year 1878, on a farm near Nashville, Brown 
County. We have lived here thirty-two 
years. Our farm was all forest when we 
came to it. Our family all hold to the Meth- 
odist church; the children joined in their 

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childhood. My wife was raised a Quaker, 
but none of her people live in this part of 
the state. 


ENJAMIN Hardy Wellons was born in 
Johnston County, North Carolina, July 
19, 1827, and died August 19, 1870. He mar- 
ried Caroline Virginia Brumby, in Holmes 
County, Mississippi, on December 15, 1853. 
Four children were born to them as follows : 
Robert Edward, Kate Virginia, Frank Brum- 
by, and Benjamin Hardy, Jr. 

At present all but one of the four children 
are alive. Robert Edward died March 6, 
1860, Kate Virginia married Simon Watkins 
Turner, March 5, 1879, at New Orleans, Lou- 
isiana. They now reside on their farm near 
Winona, Mississippi, and have a large 

Frank Brumby married Lucy Robertson 

♦This sketch was prepared by Robert Hardy Wel- 
lons of Marietta, Ga. 

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Northcutt, at Marietta, Georgia, January 5, 
1887, where they still live. Six children 
were born to them. 

Benjamin Hardy Wellons, fourth child of 
the aforesaid Benjamin Hardy Wellons of 
Mississippi, was married at Marietta, Georg- 
ia, on March 20, 1900, to Julia McColloch. 
Shortly afterwards they moved to Knox vi lie, 
Tennessee, where he is prominently connect- 
ed with the Knoxville Table and Chair Com- 
pany a prospering manufacturing company, 
which was founded by a party of Mariettans 
from the large concerns there, amongst which 
party he was, and still is, an active member. 
Two children have been born to them : They 
are Margaret, and Benjamin Hardy, Jr. 

The father, Benjamin Hardy, Sr., died. 
The mother, Caroline Virginia, is still living 
and is with her daughter in Mississippi. 

Frank Brumby Wellons, connected with the 
Brumby Chair Company, of Marietta, for 
over twenty-five years, his wife, and all but 
one" of the six children are still living: Jen- 


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nie Lucile married "Cap" Joyner, Jr., Rob- 
ert Haynes, Alice Edith, Frank Brumby, Jr., 
twins Wallace Northcutt and Benjamin Har- 
dy, Jr. Benjamin Hardy, Jr. died. 



Jjj^OR over two years, I have devoted as 
much time as I could spare to collecting 
all the information possible in reference to 
the Wellons family. I am possibly one of its 
oldest members now living. 

Nothing but the love I have for the family, 
and to preserve a record of the same could 
have induced me to have devoted the time 
and means I have given to the work, without 
the hope of financial compensation. But I 
feel, as one of the family, that I have but 
done my duty. 

I am under many obligations to several 
members of the family for the valuable ser- 
vice rendered me in gathering the informa- 
tion I am now imparting. Through the kind- 
ness of the Governor of Ohio, I was put in 
communication with Dr. James W. Wellons 

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(M. D.) of Columbus, Ohio, And through 
him I learned of a large family connection in 
Ohio and in adjoining states. And also from 
Mrs. Cora E. Scribner of Barnesville, Ohio, 
and George D. Wellons, of Nashville, Indi- 
ana, I have learned much about that branch of 
the family. 

And from Dr. James D. T. Wellons (M. D.) 
of Four Oaks, North Carolina, and from 
James A. Wellons, attorney at law, of Smith- 
field, North Carolina, of an extensive family 
in that portion of the state. Some years 
since I received a letter from Thomas James 
Wellons, in the southern part of Georgia in- 
quiring about the Wellons family, as they 
went from Virginia to North Carolina, and 
from there west, and had spread all through 
the Southern and Eastern states. Later I re- 
ceived a letter from Nixon N. Wellons of 
Tampa, Florida, who was a grandson of 
Judge James Wellons of Mississippi. Through 
the kindness of Nixon N. Wellons I received 
a communication from Mrs. Virginia Carolina 

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Wellons Wells of Aspen, Colorado, giving 
me valuable information. She is a grand- 
daughter of Judge Wellons. 

I have also received a letter from Mrs. C. J. 
Wellons Miller, Oneco, Florida. Mrs. Miller 
is also a granddaughter of Judge Wellons. 
This letter contained information and two 
obituary notices. Also I have received infor- 
mation from Robert Hardy Wellons of Mari- 
etta, Georgia. I got valuable information 
from Mrs. Priscilla Travis of Airfield, Vir- 
ginia, and of John Wellons of Sedley, Vir- 
ginia. To all these and to many others I am 
so grateful for their valuable help. 

Now I have missed a good many names who 
may feel that they have been overlooked, for 
the want of time to hunt them up, and have 
made mistakes all through the work that I 
do not feel that I am responsible for. I know 
I will get many criticisms, but let me ask the 
criticiser if he could have done better? 

If I had time I could get many more in- 
structive sketches, but as I am now in my 


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eighty-fifth year I am afraid to venture 
further, lest we lose what time I have given 
to this little book. This little book should 
be preserved for the good of the rising gen- 

I can't write as I used to do. I write now 
with pencil, and my thoughts are not now as 
well connected as they were in early life. I 
am the author of Wellons' Family Prayers, 
a book of 227 pages, type large, paper white; 
and these prayers are suited to various 
occasions, and are not denominational. I am 
also the author of the Life and Labors of my 
brother, Rev. W. B. Wellons, D. D., who was 
a power for the cause of Christ in his day. 

Now the question comes, Who is this James 
Willis Wellons of Elon College, North Caro- 
lina? Answer: He is an old man in his 
eighty-fifth year, weighs about a hundred 
and ninety-five pounds, is in good health and 
cheerful, and doesn't use tobacco. He has 
out-lived rheumatism, bronchitis, asthma, 

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dyspepsia, neuralgia, etc., and sleeps in a 
current of fresh air. He has never married. 
Ah, now we hear it on every side, why did 
you not marry? It was not for the want of 
love for the ladies, for I have always thought 
a pure, virtuous wife was one of the greatest 
temporal blessings ever bestowed on a man. 
Disappointments and death by the hand of 
Providence seemed to seal my destiny in that 
respect. I board in the girls' dormatory with 
from fifty to one hundred girls. And much 
of the time as many as a dozen pianos are 
playing at the same time, near me, while I 
write. And I have a pleasant word for them 
all; then comes a responsive smile. 

He has been a minister of the Christian 
church for over fifty-six years, and has wit- 
nessed the conversion of over seven thousand 
souls, and has married as many persons, 
preached as many funerals, and visited as 
many sick as any other minister in this 


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The next question comes : What about the 
Christian Church? Our Southern branch of 
the Church is strictly Trinitarian. They 
baptize by immersion or effusion, as the can- 
didate may desire. They are open commun- 
ionists, and receive their members on con- 
fession of faith. We consecrate infants or 
children also. (We are not Disciples or 
Campbellites. ) 

He never missed but one conference to 
which he belongs since 1853, and that was in 
the time of the Cival War, when he was sur- 
rounded by the Federal authorities. He has 
never missed a convention, which meets 
every two years, since 1856. He has been 
one of the Trustees and one of the Executive 
Board of Elon College ever since it has been 
established, twenty years ago, and has never 
missed a meeting of the Board. He is co- 
pastor with Rev. J. 0. Atkinson, D. D., of 
the College church, and directly connected 
with every enterprise for the good of the 



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church and college, and at his death his li- 
brary and what property he may possess all 
goes to the college. Every body knows him 
as "Uncle Wellons/ 7 He is proud to shake 
the hands of his many friends, and will be 
glad to receive communications from any 
that may read this little book. 

And finally, a word from the Book of Amos 
4:12— "Prepare to meet thy God." 

Prepare means to make ready, to lay aside 
all prejudice against God and His cause, and 
to take Him as your Mediator, Redeemer, and 
Savior. To prepare the heart is to subdue 
the will of the flesh and to bring it into sub- 
jection^ to the will of God. The preparation 
of the heart, and the use of the tongue come 
from the Lord. The origin of every good 
thought and word and inclination comes from 
the Lord — a perfect resignation to the will 
of God. The regenerated heart is manifested 
by its love, temper, character, and deport- 
ment. The hard heart is but little concerned 


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about the will of God and does not desire to 
keep it, and does not care to become like 
Christ. It must be clear of prejudice and 
anxious to know the will of God. Keep thy 
heart from corrupt thoughts and evil pas- 
sions. John 3: 3 — Except a man be born 
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 
Stop, reader, have you been born again? We 
know we have passed from death to life be- 
cause we love the Church and the brethren. 
Jesus Christ intercedes for us. His divine 
nature fits Him to be the Mediator between 
God and man. Have you taken Him for your 
Savior? Let us imitate his purity with a 
clean conscience, clean mouth, clear of pro- 
fanity or vulgarity or evil speaking, clean 
from intoxicating drinks, tobacco, or nar- 
cotics. This will bring peace to our con- 
science and to our homes. 

The Holy Ghost comes as the Comforter, to 
bring joy and peace to the troubled heart 
that we may be able to discern our spiritual 

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condition. We are all approaching the judg- 
ment. Are we prepared to meet it? It is of 
the greatest importance to be prepared for it. 

Where do you stand, reader? What will be 
the sentence? Lost, lost eternally? God 
forbid! Salvation is free for you and for me 
alike. Shall we hear at the Judgment, "De- 
part from God and all that is pure and per- 
fect?" Or shall we hear the Master say: 
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant, 
enter thou into the joys of thy Lord." If 
prepared to meet our God, we will join the 
mighty host gone before us, with the holy 
angels, to sing the sweet songs of Zion, and 
to walk the golden streets of the New Jeru- 

Let us, dear readers, from this time forth 
say: "I give my soul, body, time, talent, 
and all I possess to the Lord, and say, 'Lord, 
here am I. Use me as it seems good in thy 
sight.' " Not one that trusts in Christ will 
ever be lost. Let us all covenant together 

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to try to meet in that House not made with 
hands, eternally in the heavens. Christ has 
gone to prepare a place for us where we will 
know each other as we are known. That we 
may meet in this happy home to part no more 
is my prayer. Finally, brethren, farewell. 

Elon College, 

North Carolina. 

August 1, 1910. 

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before and after meals with benedictions. 
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